18 March 2010


Opnext and Ixia demo error-free 100GbE traffic transmission at Juniper

Optical module and component maker Opnext Inc of Fremont, CA and Ixia of Calabasas, CA, USA, which provides converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms, have demonstrated 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) traffic using the Ixia K2 traffic generator and analyzer and Opnext’s 100GBASE-LR4 CFP multi-source agreement (MSA)-compliant optical module.

The 100GbE transmission confirms the interoperability of both the CFP MSA standard and the IEEE 802.3ba draft standard across multiple products and platforms. Ixia and Opnext have previously verified their 100GbE CFP MSA products, transmitting and receiving 100GbE packets at a demonstration hosted by systems provider Juniper Networks of Sunnyvale, CA.

“In alignment with our vision for ‘The New Network’, Juniper is leading the development and testing of 100GbE hardware for high-performance networks, supported by an open, flexible and secure infrastructure,” says Unmesh Agarwala, VP of engineering, Core Business Unit, at Juniper.

“Opnext advanced laser diode and photodiode technology, proven by Opnext 40Gb/s products, now delivers 100GbE performance above and beyond the IEEE draft standard,” comments Tadayuki Kanno, president of Opnext’s module business unit.

“40 and 100GbE are the next steps for Ethernet speeds in the data center and across the Internet,” says Ixia’s founder & chief innovation officer Errol Ginsberg. “Robust test and measurement solutions are essential to the successful deployment of 100GbE networks. Our 100GbE solution was the first to market, is in production, and offers the most comprehensive solution available,” he claims.

The Ixia K2 traffic generator and analyzer provides a flexible, robust test platform for deployment of 100GbE networks, and is said to be the only set of testing modules available that can validate IEEE P802.3ba standard-based products. K2 modules generate and analyze full 40GE and 100GE layer 2–7 line rate traffic, support unframed bit error ratio tests (BERT), as well as validation of the defined physical medium dependent (PMD) sublayers in the IEEE802.3ba standard.

Opnext’s TRC5E20ENF CFP MSA-compliant module supports the 100GBASE-LR4 interface in the IEEE draft 100 Gigabit Ethernet standard. The module is currently sampling and available to customers.

Opnext and Ixia will host a live demonstration of the technology at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC 2010) in San Diego CA, USA (23–25 March).

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